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<p>Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko in &quot;To the Wonder&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko in "To the Wonder"

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Tell us what you thought of 'To the Wonder'

Terrence Malick's latest hits theaters and VOD today

It's rare air for Terrence Malick today as "To the Wonder" becomes the first of his films to be released in theaters and video-on-demand simultaneously. Sacrilege some would say, the future others would say. A fact regardless. And for a great many, an easier trip than two hours to the local metropolis (been there and done that so I know). The film comes right on the heels of 2011's Best Picture nominee "The Tree of Life," the quickest turnaround for two Malick films yet.

We've got conflicting takes on the film here at HitFix. Guy Lodge found it to be "gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh" at last year's Venice Film Festival, while a week-and-a-half later, Drew McWeeny found it to be "somewhat tedious" at the Toronto fest, noting that it "almost feels like self-parody." That last beat I'm stunned to see I brought up myself after seeing it recently, but I'm nevertheless somewhere in between the two assessments, with more to be gleaned as I revisit the work, I'm sure. "To the Wonder" will always have a special place for being Roger Ebert's final word on the movies, but the movies continue on. And now it's time to get your word on this one, so offer up your thoughts in the comment section and feel free to vote in our poll below.

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Justin Bieber goes 'All Around The World' on new video, literally: Watch

Justin Bieber goes 'All Around The World' on new video, literally: Watch

Span the globe with Bieber, his fans and Ludacris

Justin Bieber brings his “Believe” tour to you with his new video for “All Around The World.”

The song focuses on the universal desire to be loved, while the video takes the “all around the world” part literally. We see Bieber on stage across the planet, interspersed with shots of instantly recognizable landmarks in places like  Sydney, Rome, and Rio de Janeiro.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Janelle Monae at the Grammys</p>

Janelle Monae at the Grammys

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Janelle Monae sets release of new song 'Q.U.E.E.N.' with Erykah Badu

Music arrives in 10 days, ahead of fresh album 'The Electric Lady'

All hail: Janelle Monae has trumpeted her return to new music with the announcement that her next single "Q.U.E.E.N." will arrive later this month -- with special guest Erykah Badu on board.

The royal title is the first song from the singer/entertainer's next album, "The Electric Lady," with release expected some time this summer.

The studio version of "Q.U.E.E.N." will bow on April 22 at 7:45pm EST on Monae's website. But will there be a sneak peak of the song live even sooner? The "ArchAndroid" minister will be performing tomorrow night at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Gobi tent. HitFix writer Dave Lewis will be in attendance, so he'll give us the heads up on if she debuts new music. Badu's calendar is free for this weekend, maybe she can drop by?

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Can Psy's new song 'Gentleman' top 'Gangnam Style?' Listen

Can Psy's new song 'Gentleman' top 'Gangnam Style?' Listen

New track drops in 119 countries today, preoccupies South Koreans

Hey sexy lady, can lightening strike twice for Psy? Or will the South Korean performer’s lasting legacy in the U.S.  be the ridiculously popular “Gangnam Style?”

“Gentleman,” which was officially released today, features a similar galloping electronic track that made  “Gangnam Style” such a hit, although it's not quite as catchy, and I really, really don’t need to hear a bespectacled, be-suited Psy saying in fractured English, “I’m gonna make you sweat, I’m gonna make you wet.” Whoa there, Nelly...

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Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre: How have rap sequel albums fared?

Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre: How have rap sequel albums fared?

'I Am Not a Human Being,' 'Blueprint,' 'The Chronic' and... remember Lloyd Banks?

Rappers seem to love sequels as much as film studio executives. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre and Raekwon have tried to replicate earlier success by releasing a sequel, a threequel or even a four-quel to a hit album (or the one that got them through the door). Lil Wayne has sold hundreds of thousands of copies of "I Am Not a Human Being II," for instance, in his most recent release. But, critically, is it better than the first?

Some artists have met more success than others, with few follow-ups topping the initial offering. We compiled a list of some notable hip-hop album sequels to see how they stack up.

Check out the charting positions and critical analysis on what worked for sequels from Lupe Fiasco, Lloyd Banks, Hov, Weezy, Dre, Twista, Raekwon, Method Man and Redman.

[Additional reporting by Dave Lewis.]

Take a look below:

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<p>A sketch of the design for the Academy Museum.</p>

A sketch of the design for the Academy Museum.

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AMPAS launches website for its fancy Academy Museum

Los Angeles museum will contain 290,000 square feet of movie memorabilia

When the Academy announced its plans for an unprecedented gathering of the entire AMPAS membership next month, Academy CEO stated Dawn Hudson that the chief purpose of the meeting was to discuss what the organization does "the other 364 days of the year." And right now, the biggest item on that list is the Academy Museum.

That, of course, is a project generating excitement among more than just industry insiders. It's hard to believe that Los Angeles doesn't have its own film-themed museum, and the Academy plans to fill the gap in grand style. A spiffy new website was launched yesterday that lays out plans for the 290,000-square-foot temple to Hollywood history in more detail, and it's looking increasingly impressive.

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<p>Tom Riley is Leonardo da Vinci in &quot;Da Vinci's Demons.&quot;</p>

Tom Riley is Leonardo da Vinci in "Da Vinci's Demons."

Credit: Starz

Review: Starz's 'Da Vinci's Demons' turns Leonardo into an action hero

Feels like a late '90s syndicated drama with a bigger budget (and Starz nudity)

Starz doesn't exactly have a consistent brand identity — other than a fondness for nudity at any and all opportunities — but since former HBO chief Chris Albrecht took over, there's been a more overt attempt to resemble his old employer. Neither "Boss" (since canceled) nor "Magic City" (returning this summer) have been in a class with the best of what Albrecht greenlit at HBO, but they've at least felt like the kinds of shows he would have approved in the early-mid '00s: cinematic gloss, anti-heroes caught between good intentions and criminal realities, award-baiting performances, etc.

"Da Vinci's Demons," which debuts tonight at 10 (after the series finale of Starz flagship "Spartacus"), is not that. Created by David Goyer (who co-wrote the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, but who has also been responsible for a number of forgettable TV shows like "FlashForward"), it doesn't resemble Albrecht's old HBO output so much as it does '90s syndicated action dramas like "Xena: Warrior Princess" — albeit made on a much bigger budget and with lots of Starz-approved language and nakedness. (You will never look at a certain "Downton Abbey" castmember the same way again after their cameo here.)

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: What do you think of the final 4?

Four designers get European vacations, but the reward comes at a cost

Before we start, I have a question. Last week, did Michelle just tune out when Nina Garcia said not to make a damn T-shirt and a pair of pants, or did she just not care? Or did she not realize she made a damn T-shirt and a pair of pants? I love Michelle's aesthetic, so for her to so completely whiff the ball last week (I should say, though, nice outfit, even though it was A DAMN T-SHIRT AND A PAIR OF PANTS) was simply distressing. I guess she thought that, because it was a nice ensemble, that was enough. No, it landed her in danger of going home -- and, as Heidi says OVER AND OVER AND OVER again, Michelle needed to fight for her life this week. Or, really, design for her life. She doesn't have to get into an MMA fight or anything. Jeez, Heidi.

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<p>Why do I suspect this intervention will not end well?</p>

Why do I suspect this intervention will not end well?

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The latest trailer for 'The Hangover III' promises a very different plot this time

Now we've got a better idea of just what the Wolfpack can expect

The most common criticism leveled against "The Hangover Part II," and accurately in my opinion, was that the sequel basically just served as a remake of the original film in a new geographic setting.

To some degree, I felt like Todd Phillips, who hasn't really been in the franchise business until now, was making a joke about the essential nature of sequels. Any time you're following up a massive success, you have all sorts of expectations you're dealing with as the filmmakers. If you do something that's too close to the original, you get nailed for it. If you do something that's not like the original at all, you get nailed for it. It's a no-win situation creatively, and then if you do manage to pull it off, expectations get even more outrageous and difficult for the next one.

There's a new Internet-only trailer for "The Hangover Part III," and right away, it looks like they've made some steps forward with the characters, and it also feels like they're acknowledging that the second film was perhaps too much of the same. This time, instead of throwing another destination event that leads to a crazy and forgotten bachelor party, it looks like the film starts with Alan (Zach Galifianakis) at a low point, and after a disastrous funeral for his father, his friends step in to try and get him some help.

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<p>Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in "Hannibal."

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Amuse Bouche'

Will chases a killer obsessed with mushrooms

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I rubber stamp you...

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<p>The Chicago Theater marquee prior to tonight's tribute to Roger Ebert.</p>

The Chicago Theater marquee prior to tonight's tribute to Roger Ebert.

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Celebrities and colleagues turn out to honor film critic Roger Ebert at Chicago tribute

John and Joan Cusack, Ava DuVernay and more remember a legend

Hollywood and independent filmmakers, philanthropists and industry magnates, fellow critics and, yes, movie stars came together this evening in Chicago to pay tribute to the life of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who passed away April 4 at the age of 70. The event was live-streamed on the internet via WGN and

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<p>A detail from the poster of &quot;The Bling Ring.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster of "The Bling Ring."

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New poster for Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' throws a lot of shade(s)

Emma Watson stars in the true-life teen heist movie

The marketing of Sofia Coppola's movies has always been a stylish business, and so it is with her latest, "The Bling Ring" -- which opens in the US on June 14, after what is widely presumed will be a Cannes premiere. A couple of weeks ago, the first teaser trailer dropped, and the name of the game was chic but oblique: it told you nothing about the film you wouldn't already have gleaned from the briefest of online synopses. The film's new teaser poster, meanwhile, is playing a similar game: it effectively introduces the five characters that make up the titular "ring," not with faces but via the visual metaphor of their sunglasses. It's a cutely indirect approach very much in keeping with Coppola's fashion-conscious sensibility.

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